Well 18 thousand people ran this thing today and it really was good fun! I think a lot of people who ran it thought otherwise but I enjoyed myself. As I mentioned in an earlier post I was ill recently. This illness meant I couldn’t train in the two weeks coming up to the taper part of the preparation, os in effect I hadn’t ran for three weeks prior to today’s race. But it was still fun!
Also, I had not run as much as four miles prior to the event! After, my training on Thursday night I knew I’d be fine, so long as I didn’t go mad. I felt good on Thursday When ill I had two choices; I could run through the illness and risk prolonging it or stop training and get well. I chose the latter, I was feeling so shitty two weeks before taper week that my main concern was to feel good on the day. In retrospect I think I made the right choice!
Only one week left til the Birmingham Half Marathon and how do I feel? Bad, really. I’ve had a nasty cold which has gone from my head to my throat and onto my chest. I’ve bought medicine for the first time in years and I keep having flashbacks to being a small child coughing and ingesting thick, sickly sweet linctus. It does seem to be helping though, which is useful.
While it is not the best time to get ill, it could be a lot worse. I could have caught this bug right now, so the full force would’ve hit in time for the run itself. So I’m fairly pleased that didn’t happen and am confident that it’ll have cleared by next Sunday. Phew!
As is the case all too often these days, I’m doing the Great Birmingham Run on behalf of a local charity, namely ASIRT – Asylum Support and Immigration Resource Team. This charity does a great job in helping people who really need it. My friend Dave Stamp works here and is also doing the Great Birmingham Run 2012 to raise some funds for ASIRT.
So I’m a few weeks into my ChiRunning preparation for the Great Birmingham Run 2012 in October and with seven weeks to go here’s a little progress report…
ChiRunning in Cannon Hill Park
I’ve been working at implementing the ChiRunning tips more than anything else. I’ve not ran as far as even 3.5 miles yet, although the pace has improved somewhat. The best part is the pain after a run has drastically improved. Of course, that is to be expected as my legs get used to the running again after such a long time off. However, the method of running is so different to my previous style that in conjunction with the leg draining after a run I feel no pain at all! Continue reading →
I signed up for the Great Birmingham Run the other day after a friend on Facebook suggested people ought to. It’s been at least two years since I ran at all and a good few years before that when I last ran regularly. So I do need to use the ten weeks available for training effectively if I want to do well.
Two years ago I did the Tough Guy event which was a lot of fun and involved some preparation training. I did a limited amount of running, lots of cycling, plenty of pull ups and regular tabata’s for anaerobic conditioning. You need that lot as there are a lot of obstacles in the tough guy. There’s about 8 miles of running in the Tough Guy and I did manage the Great Sutton Run a few years ago so I do think the half marathon distance of the Great Birmingham run is achievable. Continue reading →